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F-35 pilot fitting facility is the first stop before pilots hit the flight line. These two stories, one from 2015 highlighting pilot fitting at Luke AFB and one from 2017 highlighting pilot fitting at MCAS Beaufort highlights the process. Outfitting F-35 pilots requires perfection By Staff Sgt. Staci Miller, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published October 20, 2015 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Anyone who has been fitted for a suit, a tux or even…

Visiting the Paris Air Show: The Challenge of Viewing the Future of Air Combat Capabilities

06/14/2019By Robbin Laird In 2012, I wrote a piece for Breaking Defense which focused on the Bold Alligator Exercise that year and how the image of change was difficulty… Read more »

Denmark, Greenland and the F-35

06/13/2019The Russians have expanded the perimeter of their defense capabilities in the Arctic and in so doing have raised concerns from the other Arctic powers. This is clearly… Read more »

F-35 Flies with P-51 at Defenders of Liberty Air Show

06/12/2019A P-51 Mustang and an F-35A Lightning II fly in formation during the Twilight Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 17, 2019. The Twilight Show allowed… Read more »

F-35 Demo Team performs at the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show

06/06/2019The F-35 Demo Team performed during the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 18, 2019.  The 13-minute performance featured 14… Read more »

Astral Knight 2019

06/05/2019The U.S. Air Force will lead exercise Astral Knight 19, scheduled to take place in the beginning on June, primarily taking place at Aviano Air Base, Italy, and… Read more »

F-35 Demo Team at Defenders of Liberty Air And Space Show, May 2019

06/04/2019Captain Andrew “Dojo” Olsen, an F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander, performs aerial maneuvers in an F-35A Lightning II before the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show.… Read more »

Strategy, Concepts of Operations and Technology: The Challenge and Opportunity of Shaping a Distributed C2 Enabled Force

05/20/2019By Robbin Laird I would argue that the US and its allies are not so much facing a great power competition. I would refer to it as a… Read more »

Competitive Cross-Learning: The 21st Century Authoritarian Powers and the Liberal Democracies

05/12/2019By Robbin Laird The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy underscored the return of great power competition. By so doing, they did focus much more on the world as… Read more »

The F-35 and the Warlords: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

05/10/2019We recently visited the Warlords at Beaufort MCAS. We had a chance to meet with the CO of the squadron and to watch flight demos at this year’s… Read more »